What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – December 24, 2013

Same-sex marriage allowed to continue in Utah after judge refuses stay. Sean Reyes named new Utah Attorney General.

Countdown:

  • 34 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 182 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 315 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 679 days to the 2015 elections
  • 742 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1050 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah news highlights:

  • Judge Robert Shelby refuses to issue a stay for his decision striking down Utah’s Amendment 3 as unconstitutional, allowing same-sex marriage to continue [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson defies Judge Shelby’s order and refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until he gets clarification from the state [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • The Utah State Tax Commission is studying whether newly wed same-sex couples will be able to file joint tax returns next year [Tribune].
  • Political insiders on both sides of the aisle say Judge Shelby’s ruling will ultimately be upheld on appeal [Utah Policy].
  • Officials say about 700 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in Utah since Judge Shelby’s ruling on Friday [Deseret News].
  • More than 1,000 members of the LGBT community celebrate marriage equality in Utah with a rally in downtown Salt Lake City [KSL].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert taps Sean Reyes as Utahns next Attorney General [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Early ridership numbers for the new Sugar House Streetcar are far below what officials were expecting [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • The war of 1812 officially ended in 1814
  • A fire ripped through the Library of Congress destroying about 35,000 volumes in 1851
  • The Ku Klux Klan was formed in Tennessee in 1865
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe in 1943
  • President George Bush pardoned former defense secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal